Last month while speaking at a tea party protest, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) suggested that his state might have to secede from the union if, in his words, “Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people.” Today on Fox News, Neil Cavuto asked Perry about his comments. Perry responded by denying he was a secessionist, repeating his claim that the Obama administration’s policies would lead Americans to consider secession, and then refusing to forswear considering secession himself:
PERRY: I didn’t say that. What I said was, ‘We live in a great country…and I saw no reason at all for us to be even talking about seceding, but if Washington continues to force these programs on the states, if Washington continues to disregard the tenth amendment, who knows what happens.’
CAVUTO: So are you saying then, Gov Perry, if that is the case and Washington continues on this front…that you would consider that option?
PERRY: Here’s what I’m saying…I love the concept of the tea parties and people using that first amendment right and I hope that Washington starts paying attention to the tenth amendment.
Perry and the Republican Governors Association are holding a fundraiser tonight that they have dubbed “Tea Party 2.0.”